Murray declares ‘apparent’ victory in Seattle parks vote

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 9.33.55 PMThursday’s final big count of August Primary ballots did nothing to change the outcome that was obvious after Election Night’s first tally. The majority of the city’s voters, supported the mayor’s Seattle Parks District plan to fund parks. Thursday night, Mayor Ed Murray’s office decided it was time to declare victory on the “apparent passage” of the proposition.

“I want to thank Seattle voters for their support of the parks district and commitment to creating a lasting legacy of open space and facilities for generations of Seattleites,” Murray says in the statement sent to media.

“This vote means a sustainable source of funding for our parks system. We will begin work immediately to address our existing maintenance backlog, working diligently to manage the needs of our park system as Seattle continues to grow as a city.”

The plan will give the to-be-formed district power to tax up to $0.75 per $1,000 of assessed property value to pay for the Seattle Parks system. Seattle City Council members who will make up the district board have said they do not plan to tax above $0.33 per $1,000 to fund the current parks budget.

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